Math Story Books - Various
How High Can a Dinosaur Count? And Other Math Mysteries
Author: Valerie Fisher
Publisher: Schwartz and Wade Books; New York, 2006
How High Can a Dinosaur Count is a storybook with math problems intertwined and appropriate for 2nd and 3rd grade. Each short story adventure presents a few mysteries to solve. The mysteries include math skills such as addition, subtraction, time, odd and even numbers and money. Fisher does a wonderful job combining the art of storytelling, illustrations, and math. However, I could do without two pages of the book which makes reference to fortune telling. Yet, I recommend the book and plan to use it within small groups. Since the two pages face each other, I will glue them together. Surprisingly, the storybook includes answers in the back of the book and additional mysteries to solve for each story. It’s definitely one to add to your bookshelf.
Author: Sheila Cato
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books, Inc.; Minneapolis, 1999
The main character, Luis, his friends, and a special friend, Digit learn multiplication as they camp, visit the zoo, plan a costume party, and do everyday activities in life. As you progress through the book, you’ll notice two special boxes presented by Digit. The boxes are the “Now You Try” which gives the reader the chance to practice what you’ve read about. The other box I’ll refer to as “Math Tip” shares interesting math tidbits. On the opposite pages in the lower left corner, Digit shares the answer to the “Now You Try problem on the previous page. I like Multiplication because the concrete examples, color illustrations, and suggested hands on exercises will engage the reader and makes learning multiplication facts easier to grasp.
Other books in the series include Addition, Subtraction, Division, Counting & Numbers, and Measuring. Look for these books in your local library.
Sir Circumference and the Great Knight of Angleland: A Math Adventure
Author: Cindy Neuschwander
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, MA, 2001
Ages: 9 – 12
Sir Cumference puts a creative twist on geometry vocabulary and uses them as the names of the characters. Sir Cumference and Lady Di of Ameter have a son named Radius. Radius wants to become a knight. After Radius and his horse completed forming a few angles, Sir Degrees announced Radius was ready for his guest. His parents gave him a medallion, a family heirloom, for good luck to successfully complete his quest to earn knighthood. Join him on his adventure to castles and encounters with dragons. A medallion is included in the back of the book. Have you guessed what math tool the medallion represents to help Radius on his adventure?
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